All in the family
Nintendo and Microsoft have had quite a great relationship in recent years. The partnership really started to warm up during the late days of the Wii U and 3DS, when Microsoft worked with Nintendo to get Minecraft on those platforms. Since then, the two have been very buddy-buddy, working closely on a number of projects.
There’s no doubt Microsoft will continue to work with Nintendo to release various Xbox games/franchises on Nintendo’s hardware, as they’ve had quite the output on Switch. This has led to a number of Switch owners interacting with Microsoft-owned IP, and Microsoft seems quite happy about that.
In an interview with Famitsu, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer talked about the Xbox community as a whole. That obviously includes people who play Xbox games on PC or with an Xbox Series X and S, but the same goes for Switch owners. In particular, those who own a Switch and are playing games like Ori and the Blind Forest, Minecraft, and Call of Duty in the future will all be considered party of the ‘Xbox community’ by Microsoft.
It’s clear that Microsoft is thinking bigger than just their Xbox console space and PC players, as they want to reach out to gamers across all platforms. Nintendo is no doubt a big part of that now, and it only seems likely to grow moving forward.